JV on death for plunderers: Let justice be done though the heavens fall

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Posted at Mar 05 2019 03:23 PM | Updated as of Mar 05 2019 03:40 PM

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Death for plunderers.

Sen. JV Ejercito on Tuesday said he is sticking with his position that officials convicted of plunder should be given the death penalty. 

This, despite having relatives convicted of or currently undergoing trial for plunder. 

In the case of Manila Mayor Joseph Estrada, Ejercito said his father's conviction after the 2001 uprising was more of a political decision than a legal one. Estrada was pardoned in 2007 right after his plunder conviction under the Arroyo administration. 

Ejercito refused to comment on his brother Jinggoy Estrada's plunder case where he is accused of pocketing P183 million in kickbacks from fake projects, purportedly with help from businesswoman Janet Lim Napoles. 

He said his stand on the death penalty does not allude to his brother. 

"Even if it's your loved one, let justice be done though the heavens fall. In case it will affect somebody close to you, justice has to be served," he said. 

ANC, March 5, 2019